Surgical Mesh Implants

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Jeremy Lefroy Jeremy Lefroy Conservative, Stafford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will immediately suspend the use of medical procedures involving vaginal mesh implants.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government does not support a suspension or ban of the use of surgical mesh devices. The view of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is that surgical mesh devices are acceptably safe when used as intended and as part of an appropriate treatment pathway where the associated risk and benefits are considered, and where surgical mesh devices conform to the requirements of the current legislation in the European Union.

As a Department we are committed to improving the outcomes for all patients involved. We continue to work closely with MHRA, NHS England, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and professional bodies. MHRA continue to review available evidence to ensure our regulatory position is up to date, liaising with EU partners and non-EU regulators.

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